While nursing has come a long way since the days of Florence Nightingale it is just beginning to acknowledge its role in the healing process. By declaring the art of nursing a separate entity that empowers healing, nursing begins to define its role and its autonomy. One of the oldest methods used to describe healing is TOUCH. At one time touch was thought to be magical in its ability to heal. We now know that touch stimulates certain endorphins which can inspire healing to take place. As we begin to define what is specific to nursing through the nursing diagnosis let us include one of its most basic elements, TOUCH.
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